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  1. Our mega trend is called “intrinsic” which literally means “belonging naturally, essential. With this we try to go to the inner core of what is important in art and design and that is color and material. instead of focusing on everything around it and keeping it very plain we try to minimize it but do it in a primary color scheme kind of way. Red, Blue, Yellow, Black, Grey and White are our main colors and are the core of every other color existing. 

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  3. Rotterdam city design 

    As I was wondering through Rotterdam with my camera I noticed how much of an influence minimalism has had on the whole city design. In the smallest objects found throughout the city you see minimalism in all its glory. Mix of materials, nifty designs and some plain but very useful. 

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  5.    When it was my turn to start taking Minimal pictures, I felt that I came even closer to the art movement of Minimalism. 

       Putting all of the knowledge that I gained into practice and visualizing my observations, was a nice exercise for me, a procedure that I really enjoyed, and I got a personal satisfaction from the results.

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  7.    We can’t really compare Photography in the 1960s with now a day photography. Back then it was a very forward thinking process which has not been done by lots of people which makes it hard to compare as there wasn’t a lot to compare with. But what we can say is it certainly has evolved professionally but also amateur wise. It is very much happening right now in a way that it is possible for everyone. DSLR cameras are there for everyone to buy, so what really makes a difference inside photography now a day is purely based on quality versus quantities. 

    The hard thing with photography still is the line between simplistic and minimalism. But that’s the beauty of it in the now. Everything is possible and everything is happening. The technology is here and people are using it, everywhere with everything. Exploring the boundaries of photographer, adding different styles and blending movements. Nothing really is one thing anymore, it is much more of a bigger picture now.

    "Lenses capture moments better than words can verbally describe them. So words are no longer primarily the language of speech."

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  9.    Photography in Minimalism of the 1960s is a concept that is very hard to grasp. Back then there weren’t many people interested. This is very much visible in the amount of work that can be found in art and design compared to the works that can be found in photography. In the 1960s cameras were quite a thing to have, as that the first consumer camera didn’t come out until the 1980s. So you can say photography in minimalism was the late bloomer of minimalism. But what was very interesting in that time was that the photographers that were there were very much a head of their time. Seeing beautiful patterns and geometrical shapes in their surroundings was very new. And we think this has been a very important twist in photography.

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  11. Minimalism now a day is hot and happening. Even more futuristic and pushing the boundaries of futuristic (which minimalism is not). We would say this is a trend that will keep developing and keep pushing the lines further and further. What is very interesting is the fact that they still follow the basic lines of minimalism yet every designer or architect has his or her own perception of improvements.

    Some building will end up just being concepts and other turn out be a visual treat for the eye. The contrast in old buildings next to minimalistic (not minimal) buildings is something that will emerge more and more as that it really is a trend that is rising. 

    The tallest building isn’t tall anymore but just another design that can be surpassed by the next architect. 

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  13. Architecture of the 1960s has been an evolution in minimalism. Keeping it in geometrical shapes with repetitive patterns and basic forms it was very easy to properly define what was, and wasn’t build in this style. What also was very clear was the futuristic look that was created especially if you look back and look at how it all has developed since the 1960s. The outside of architectural designs were mostly plain and simple (of course you have exceptional projects as well) but it was very common in the 1960s to have very bright and for us now nostalgic interiors. Even though it was bright they always knew how to keep their interiors simple.

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  15.   Minimalism in Fashion nowadays is completely different than back in the 1960s. In the 1960s it was very bright, with a lot of patterns, thick and less synthetic materials. The main essence of Minimalism stays the same, everything remains simple and neat but the shapes, the fabrics and the designs have evolved.

    Because of the big change in people’s mentalities, ethics and style over decades since the original minimalism movement there is so much more variety. People will take things from different styles and try to mix them. There are only a handful of pure minimalism designers left (per example Jil Sander). Because original brands that were very popular in the 1960s like Yves Saint Laurent (now Saint Laurent) have evolved and have been adding different influences.

    The big difference in eras is that there are so many styles, designers, fabrics and forms available inside fashion that it is very hard to still consider dressing minimalism as an option, although it still is done. 

    "Fashion evolves fast, one day you’re on trend and the next you are surpassed".

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  17.    During the 1960s all the Minimalists were communicating with the same visual language: Repetitive patterns, simple lines, geometric shapes, often monochrome creations with this focusing on the primary color wheel, black white and grays. This meant, that what we have seen happening in Art & Design, it’s flowing through other sides of minimalism as well like in the women’s Fashion industry. Even though it has the same characteristics as art and design it does show a clear contrast in that color in art and design was very limited (not uncommon) while in fashion it was very common to use a lot of bright colors. 

       Minimalism became a way of expressioncommunication, and a fashion trend.

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  19.    Minimalism from 2000 and on is almost the same with back in the 1960s. The criteria which define minimalism has stayed the same. What has changed is that nowadays we can actually study and read about it, and experiment with it from an alternative aspect. With the rise of a new art movement called neo minimalism, which basically means the new minimalism they try to fade out the strict lines that are the original minimalism and try to experiment and find new ways to work with  materials and make it less obvious that it is about minimalism. 

       Most of the times it’s difficult to guess if a minimal art or design piece was constructed in the 1960s or in the 2000s if you don’t know the background of the relevant art or design piece, simply because it was very forward and futuristic. Minimalism is a way to make a specific statement this same statement has been made in different eras and with an evolution in different meanings and stories. So even if it’s similar with Minimalism from the 1960s, the context changes and so do people.

    "Minimalism now a days is a rare form of art that has been surpassed by modern technology and conceptual design."

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  21.    While discovering the limits and possibilities with working with Minimalism, Minimalists were experimenting a lot because it didn’t have a proper outline in the beginning. By using different materials, strange geometrical shapes, repetitive patterns, different tones of the primary color wheel and shades of black, white and grey, slow but steady the concept of minimalism started to appear. These characteristics are the main differences between something being “minimal” or “minimalistic”.

  22. 1960s minimalists birth of Minimalism art movement minimalism first minimalist artists historical figures no narrative pure shapes monochrome emptiness art history

  23.    These are few of the many Minimalist artists who started building up the Minimalism Art Movement during the 1960s. Each one of them started developing their own personal style, while at the same time differing from each other. What they had in common, is that they all kept just the very essentials in their art pieces, used pure shapes, had no narrative, often used just one color, and at the same time they stated emptiness -and that’s a really difficult statement to achieve making.

       In addition, we need to take under consideration that Minimalism was evolved a bit after the post-World War II era, and realize that people had really specific influences and experiences that one can easily imagine and assume. 

       Since Minimalism was making its very first steps, there were plenty of things left to discover: Some of the artists experimented with shapes, others with colors, others with textures, and the list goes on. Something really interesting to notice as a viewer, nowadays, is that the most time you spend observing their art pieces, the more easily you can tell who the artist is -they all managed to stand out in a way, and express themselves in a unique, sincerely personal and pioneering for the era way.


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    Inspiration sources:


    Strickland, Edward. Minimalism: Origins. Bloomington: Indiana UP, 1993. Print.

    Schwarz, K. Robert. Minimalists. London: Phaidon, 1996. Print.

    Castillo, Encarna. Minimalism Design Source. New York: HDI, 2004. Print.


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    Damon. “Minimalism – a Lesson in Reduction.” Photokonnexion. N.p., 12 Mar. 2012. Web. 16 Dec. 2014.

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